Audeze LCD-2 Headphones
2012 & 2013 Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Winner!
The Audeze LCD-2 is an excellent headphone for the price and is a Best Seller here at Moon Audio every month.
The LCD-2 is the "state of the art" Planar Magnetic Headphone that features the exclusive Fazor technology from Audeze Inc.
Features the new steel and leather suspension headband.
*Travel Case is included and the only option for the LCD-2. The Wooden Box and the metal headband have been discontinued.
Audeze LCD-2 is the original and game-changing product that propelled Audeze into a world of rave reviews from audiophiles and review magazines alike.
The beautifully hand-crafted LCD-2 delivers audiophile quality, low-distortion sound that beautifully articulates the power and nuance of your favorite music.
The Audeze LCD-2 transducers are the most forgiving of the LCD Collection, with an exclusive magnetic structure providing completely uniform magnetic flux distribution across the diaphragm. The full sonic potential of the LCD-2 is revealed when driven by an external headphone amplifier or integrated amp. Impedance is 70 ohms.
Every component of the LCD-2 is precision engineered with one goal in mind: Recreate the sound exactly like the artist intended.
LCD 2 combines leading edge technology and development with knowledge, feedback and suggestions from an on-going dialogue with Sound Engineers and Audiophiles. The Audeze LCD2 uses a proprietary thin film diaphragm that is housed between a unique super efficient push-pull magnetic structure. Audeze's manufacturing process combined with the advanced materials and technology produce extremely accurate and incredible sounding headphones.
The LCD-2s are made of hand-selected Carribean Rosewood. The sloped earpads are made of premium lambskin leather with specially selected foam to offer the right amount of firmness.
Known for their tight, extended bass response, smooth, inviting midrange, and warm high frequencies, the LCD-2 headphones offer a listening experience that makes believers out of even casual music listeners. For the best performance The LCD-2 requires an external headphone amplifier.
Drew recommends the Silver Dragon V3 Premium Audeze Headphone Cable or the Black Dragon V2 Premium Headphone Cable for Audeze as the ULTIMATE upgrade for the Audeze LCD-2 Rev. 2 headphones.
2013 TAS Editor's Choice Awards: High Performance Headphones Over $600!
- 2.5m 1/4in to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
- 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
- Professional travel case
- Frequency response graph of the particular LCD-2
- Warranty: 1 year for parts, 3 years for drivers from date of purchase. Warranty is ONLY valid if product is purchased from an authorized dealer.
Specially designed self closing, acoustically transparent magnetic structure with highest grade Neodymium magnets.
Left and rear transducers have matched sensitivity and frequency response within +/- 0.5 dB.
Proprietary push-pull design
|Transducer active diaphragm area||
39.8 cm2 (6.17 in²)
Large diaphragm area creates plane sound waves that enter ear canals the same way as it happens in real environment.
|Maximum power handling||
15W (for 200ms)
|Sound pressure level||
>130dB with 15W
5Hz – 20kHz extended out to 50kHz
|Total harmonic distortion||
<1% through entire frequency range
101dB / 1mW
|Optimal power requirement||
1 – 4W
Custom designed Caribbean Rosewood.
Specially designed premium lamb skin leather earpads.
less than 1% even at full output.
|Maximum diaphragm excursion||
The only downside in my opinion is the price (1000 Dollars is not cheap) but when i compared the LCD 2�s with my Hd 600 i really saw a big difference. Hd 600�s sounded very muffled and dry compared to the LCD 2�s crystal clear lively sound.
The other noticeable change is the much softer pads surrounding my ears. The new pads are so soft that my ears now touch the insides of the cups. The new pads also create a tighter seal around my ears. I've noticed my ears sweating now and there's now a vacuum when I take them off.
On the T1, it added even greater resolution and sound stage to a headphone which is already very well equipped considering that the stock cable is one of the best around. The instruments are all very well spaced out now. Even the vocals are now nicely ever so slightly to the right now instead of being congested smack in the middle of the sound stage. Very commendable!
However, on the LCD 2, OMG! The oft-repeated complaint about the LCD 2 is the soundstage is collapsed and the trebles are rolled off. Well, with the Black Dragon, the LCD 2 comes within touching distance of the T1 in terms of sound stage (the latter with stock cable), which is something I never thought I'd say about the Audezes. More impressive is what it does to the mids: they become less recessed and smooth as butter. The details I can now hear on my LCD 2 ensures that it will give my HD800 and T1 a run for the money as my go to headphone. And the smooth mids mean that I will no longer refer to my HifiMan HE 500 as the sweet ortho. Let's not forget the fantastic Audeze bass: it is now more precise. If the LCD 2 was already toe tapping musical, it has now been elevated one level up. Even for legacy jazz recordings like Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and if you like the warmth of the LCD 2, you get the best of both worlds - good clarity and detail alongside the warm forgiving nature of the Audeze sound. It is so good that I am now asking myself if I should really bother to plonk down the money for the LCD 3 which I thought was the complete Audeze because of the clear neutral mids, extended treble while maintaining a tight bass. With the Black Dragon, the LCD 2 comes very very close.
The Black Dragon does good things with the T1, but it is gobsmacking incredible with the LCD 2. For the former, it is a good match. For the latter, it has effected a transformation!
All that remains for me to say is: Thank you Drew!
Moon Audio's Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable or "slayer cable" as I call it - slays the rolled off top.
The improvement is dramatic. Much more detail and transparency, a flatter and neutral frequency balance, the inner voices will appear in bold relief without edge. The warmth will be gone entirely!
In fact, after a prolonged burn in of three days to a week, all the desirable characteristics had returned. My thinking, and those of you who are willing can test it out, that the LCD-2 was not inherently rolled off. The cable the co supplied made it so...and I was one who complained about the roll off early.
The Silver Dragons really need a few days of burn in, and with the perceptible change in FR, some may find the bass not as prominent. It is, it's just that the new balance will trick the ear. One can, with the right software (I use Fidelia, but Amarra has the same ability), boost the LFs using the parametric EQ one octave-wide envelope 20-40hz +3db and get the most kick ass bass he's ever heard. Tight, low, detailed.
Enjoy, and don't hold it against me for bettering your lives.
After consulting with Drew Baird, I swapped the stock cables for Moon-Audio Silver Dragon V3 headphone cables and the true capabilities of the LCD-2's became instantly clear. The Silver Dragon cables are so well designed and built and sound incredible.
Drew's knowledge and expertise and Moon-Audio's incredible customer service have really impressed me and have made me a loyal Moon-Audio fan!
I recommend the Audeze LCD2s, especially with Silver Dragon cables, to anyone looking for an audiophile quality headphone with superb musicality.
I recommend Moon-Audio and Drew to anyone looking for a great customer experience and invaluable technical knowledge and advice!
Thank you very much Moon-Audio and Mr. Baird!
I compared it with my open can collection RS1, DT990, MB Quart 400, MS2, Pro2500, K701 and HD650 and definitely found it superior to all of them. The LCD-2 is a worthy investment for anyone pursuing quality audio. A winner in my opinion.